Recap: Osheaga day 1

Sorry I have been so MIA the past week…my friend and I attended the Osheaga music festival in Montreal from August 2-4. It was such a fun experience.

Although I listen to One Direction, my music taste is mainly alternative/indie. Back in March Osheaga released their lineup and I was very impressed. I was already going to One Direction, so I didn’t think much of going, but when tickets when on sale I decided to needed to go! My mom gave in and since I am only 16, she and my friend’s mom came with us. Good thing they didn’t hover the entire time, thanks mom! We purchased the three day pass and I added another countdown to my phone. :)

Unfortunately, many of the ticketholders (including me) received our bracelets quite late. This was due to fraud issues. My mom had called Osheaga worried we wouldn’t get them in time, but they assured us we would get replacement ones in case we didn’t receive them in time. Although the bracelets came only 4 days (4 days!) before the festival, I was glad we finally had them!

We left on August 1 on a 3 1/2 hour drive. We stopped a bit to shop at the Fairview Point Claire mall and then ate at an allergen free restaurant (I have a peanut/nut/shellfish allergy) in the Latin Quarter called Zero8.

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I ordered the steak and fries (+ salad) and managed to save enough room for a chocolate cake dessert. I go to Zero8 every time I’m in Montreal, and I have to say they have gone downhill a bit compared to previous years. I was satisfied with the cake though!

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The Latin Quarter!

Ok, on to what this blog post was supposed to be about – Osheaga day 1! The festival didn’t officially start until 1 (which was when the first act was playing), so we decided to take a walk down to rue St. Catherines for a little browsing/shopping. I only ended up getting a shirt from Simon’s (a French clothing dept. store), but that was good enough for me!

We were lucky – the Metro was literally steps away from our hotel. We hopped on and after 2 stops we were at Parc Jean-Drapeau! I was beyond excited. We entered with a swarm of people and checked through the security quite smoothly. Osheaga time!

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Me and my friend!

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The first act of the day were Capital Cities. I had heard of them before from their popular song “Safe and Sound” and I knew a few others so we decided to stay and watch. I was pleasantly surprised. They were really good live and they covered “Stayin’ Alive”. Their performance was very entertaining and I will be purchasing more of their music!

My mom and my friend’s mom sat on the hill while they waited for us and watched the other acts. After Capital Cities we left and decided to look for the water stations where we could fill out bottles (for free!). Unfortunately, parts of the map were inaccurate so we ended up at a farther water station since the one that showed closest to where we were didn’t exist! My friend and I stood in the semi-long line waiting for our turn. Now before I write about the next story, I forgot to mention. Chevrolet was holding a contest at Osheaga. Two Chev Sparks were up for grabs and once you entered the venue you were given a bracelet of a colour and specific number (see here) 200 people are given the same bracelet each day, and if you find your match you can be entered to win one of the cars. My thoughts were…what are the odds? How could you find your matching person in a sea of 40,000 people a day?

Well, I was wrong. Bored in line, I glanced over to the guy next to me and on his wrist is a black bracelet with the number 914. THE SAME AS MINE! I honestly didn’t know how to react, so I motioned to my friend and she was nodding and telling me to confront him. So I did. I said something like “Is your bracelet 914?” or “Excuse me, I think our bracelets are the same..?” And then the first words out of his mouth was in a French accent, “Do you speak French?” I was all freaked out and using my .1% of French I answered “Un peu…” Haha. Good thing he spoke some English, because I was worried we wouldn’t be able to communicate. I had to explain to him about the contest, so after we got our water we walked to one of the many Chevrolet stands set up. Too bad there was a huge lineup! I wasn’t willing to wait a long time just to enter a contest – especially since we’d be missing some acts. Before I could suggest it, he asked if  we could exchange numbers so we would be able to meet later and enter. I agreed and he left to watch Oberhofer (I’m glad we didn’t stand in line, or else he would’ve missed this band!) My friend and I met our moms back on the hill and relayed my story. We sat on the hill for a while watching Oberhofer, which I liked a lot (yay new music to listen to!)

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View from the hill (photo courtesy: my mom (+ dad’s fisheye lens)

After my mom and I went to fill our waters again, but I decided I wanted to line up at the merch tent. Waiting there for a while, I finally got a shirt while Daughter played in the background. I made it back in time to watch half of Ben Howard’s set in the standing area. My friend and I were determined to stay at the Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile stage as Alt-J was playing on the stage next to it (Scène de la Montagne Molson Canadian). Also, after Alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club was playing at the stage where we were already standing. We needed to get close to the front!

As people filed out after Ben Howard was off, my friend and I raced to the front. Though we weren’t against the gate, we were fairly close and I was satisfied! Thank you to the tall guy who moved over to let us in beside him. We waited 45 minutes as Alt-J played their set (which was very good) and finally Two Door Cinema Club was on! You don’t know how happy I was.

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TDCC was perfection. Alex’s vocals were amazing and spot-on. And of course he brought a drink out with him. I loved it when they played the opening guitar part to “Something Good Can Work” and everyone started cheering. It was pretty cool when Alex announced that it was Kevin’s 24th and everyone tried to sing “Happy Birthday”. My favourite performance was probably “Next Year” or “What You Know”. I would definitely see them again!

After TDCC, we left for a much needed food/bathroom break. My mom and walked around to the other side of the island to meet up with Maxime (the guy with the same bracelet) I was glad the line was fairly short and the Chevrolet worker took our picture which was put on to Instagram (yeeikes!) The picture was a bit awkward, but oh well! We entered the contest on 1 of 4 iPads at the tent and then said goodbye. He was very nice and I’m glad that we met!

We headed back after meeting Maxime.  As Ellie Goulding finished, my friend and I entered the standing area again where she had just performed her set. Vampire Weekend was on the stage beside and after them would be Phoenix! I was pumped. Vampire Weekend were awesome, but I wished I knew more of their songs. When Phoenix finally came on I was excited. They played “Entertainment” first and I really enjoyed “Litsztomania” and “1901”. It was cool how the lead, Thomas Mars, went to the front crowd and also crowd-surfed in the end! I wished we had been closer. Phoenix really impressed me and they turned out to be great performers.

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Ezra from Vampire Weekend

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After Phoenix performed, we were done for the night. The Cure was playing next, but we weren’t very familiar with their music (Except for “Friday I’m in Love” & “Just Like Heaven”), so we decided to call it a night. The weather was forecasted to rain that day (along with the next two days), but we lucked out!

*stayed tuned for tomorrow’s post of day 2!*

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